This Week in CHCACTion!
March 12, 2020
COVID-19 News & Updates
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is of tremendous concern and is dominiating all news channels. To help you navigate some of this news, CHCACT has created and regular updates a COVID-19 News and Information page on the CHCACT website.
- The latest news and updates from the state and health organizations
- Key links to information resources
- Behavioral health considerations
- Fact sheets, printable information sheets, etc.
- Information on upcoming webinars and trainings.
Please visit the page at: https://www.chcact.org/covid19/.
Contact Meghan Peck, Operations Specialist at CHCACT, with questions or additions.
What's Happening in FQHCs
Wheeler Clinic's Infection Prevention Fair
On 3/4/2020, Wheeler Clinic conducted an Infection Prevention Skills Fair based on the "Train-the Trainer IP Fair" CHCACT hosted in February.
30 staff members from Wheeler participated in this event which included stations such as Hand Washing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Bloodborne Pathogens/Spills. Feedback from the staff is that they loved the event. (Photos on our website).
If other health centers want to conduct a skills fair of their own, please contact Meghan Peck firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Domestic Violence Ambassador Project ECHO - starting 3/12/2020, meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 11am-12:30pm. For any questions, please contact Shaquille Pigatt at email@example.com.
Chronic Pain & Addictions Project ECHO - meets every 1st & 3rd Friday of each month from 12pm-1:30pm via Zoom Video conference. For any questions please contact Christina DelVecchio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CQC Diabetes Cohort - meetings will be every 3rd Thursday from 1pm to 2pm via Zoom Video Conference. For any questions please contact Colleen Rankine at email@example.com.
Health centers that want to share news, events, etc., should contact Shaquille Pigatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Census 2020 Training
CHCACT is hosting a training with the US Census Bureau on Monday, March 16th at 2:00 PM at CHCACT. Please contact Sara LeMaster (email@example.com) if you plan to attend in-person.
This meeting will also be a live webinar. To attend remotely:
Call in Number: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 397 344 965
Please visit the Census website at www.2020census.gov for more information on the 2020 Census.
Last week Ken Lalime, CEO at CHCACT, attended the Connecticut 2020 Summit: Disparities in Maternal Child Health. The Summit featured the great work that private, public, and community agencies have done on behalf of vulnerable women and children in our state. The focus is to mobilize and leverage state-wide resources to systematically identify and address racial and ethnic disparities.
In attendance was Guest of Honor Vice-Admiral Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD.
Ken was also interviewed on WTIC Radio, to discuss the COVID-19 concerns. Listen to the interview here.
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Community Prevention and Maternal Health (PCTE-CPMH)
The program will increase the number of primary care physicians trained in public health and general preventive medicine, or trained in enhanced obstetrical care to increase maternal health care expertise and the number of primary care physicians trained in enhanced obstetric care in rural and/or underserved areas.
|Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP)
The program expands the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and/or social workers trained to provide mental health and substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) services in underserved community-based settings that integrate primary care, mental health, and SUD services.
|Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals
The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals develops and expands community-based experiential training to increase the supply of students preparing to become peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce.
This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Sara Lemaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
3.10.20 Yale Insights — Values Proposition: Suzanne Lagarde on Giving Back
3.7.20 Norwich Bulletin — City police, recovery coaches to drug users: There is help
3.10.20 CT Mirror — Gov. Lamont declares a public health emergency
3.9.20 CT Post — CT hospitals suspend volunteer programs due to coronavirus
3.9.20 CT Mirror — CT nursing homes directed to limit visitors amid coronavirus concerns
3.9.20 CT Mirror — After the outcry, a search for accommodation on vaccines
3.9.20 CT Mirror — ConnectiCare latest insurer to cover cost of coronavirus testing
3.8.20 CT Mirror — Wilton resident is state’s first confirmed coronavirus patient
3.7.20 The Day — Updated: State, region prepare for coronavirus
3.6.20 CT NewsJunkie — DPH Updates Legislators On Potential Impact of Coronavirus
3.9.20 Middletown Press — Lawmakers may cap insulin payments but problems persist
3.6.20 CT NewsJunkie — Bipartisan Support For Some Health Reform, But Not A Public Option
3.8.20 CT Mirror — During a pandemic, states’ patchwork of crisis strategies could mean uneven care
3.6.20 CT Mirror — Cigna first insurer to say it will pick up the tab for coronavirus testing